I just started reading I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris last night, and granted I didn't make it far past the intro, but I am hoping for a light fun read. Part of the reason I got it aside from the fact that e-books are far too easy to purchase is that I am striving to become a better hostess myself because I need to work on some things. Like wanting people to actually come over.
Am I the only person on earth who doesn't enjoy the thought of having friends over at their house? As much as I appreciate the company, my Type A OCD-ness necessitates that if anyone comes over, the house must be immaculate. Must. So that means a full scrub down of even places house guest would never even go to - see how that makes having people over less fun?
Then Type A OCD-ness requires that munchies be made for said guests - which requires cooking and thus preparation. I'm not one of those people who are satisfied with opening up some chips and dip and a bottle of wine and calling it a day - for some reason I've got to make something. Which clocks in a potential shopping trip on top of the prep and cook time and house cleaning time.
And the last thing that makes me cringe at the idea of having people over? I genuinely can't decorate to save my life, and though our home is fully furnished, it is fully lacking in personality. We've got like two things hanging on the walls and still no rug for the living room (or anywhere else for that matter), and haven't even painted or put up curtains. It is kind of sad how inept at this decorating business I am. The one thing I can do is declutter and keep BF from turning our place into the next episode of Hoarders.
So maybe Ms. Sedaris there can help make me more laidback yet gracious in a way that "it's a good thing" Martha Stewart couldn't. My friends have come to see me, not the house, and enough wine and laughs really negates not having some slaved over good eats. And if nothing else, I can also revert back to my neverfail - I make a terrific guest.
Top: LE Canvas gingham poplin (worn here before - sim here)
Shorts: Old Navy bermudas (sim here, here)
Belt: F21 brass beaded (sim here)
Necklace: J. Crew mini wildfire (sim here, here in gold-tone)
Bracelet: F21 (worn here before - sim here)
Shoes: Michael Kors hamilton (two whole days in sky-high heels with no incident, new personal record! worn here before - sim peep here, here, yowser here)
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